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good evening, everyone, we begin tonight with breaking news. it looks like a government shutdown has been averted, at least for another few weeks. congress appears to finally be cleaning up the mess it made for itself and the country. the senate tonight in a 79-12 bipartisan vote passing a short-term spending bill to carry the country into 2012 which starts on saturday. it ends a showdown which badly needed relief money became a hostage to congressional bickering. let's turn to kate bolduan. >> the senate has been able to do what it hasn't been able to do to this point, fighting over keeping the government running for weeks now. they've been able to reach a bipartisan agreement to avert a government shutdown that has been absolutely looming. the issue it comes down to, the amount of fema funding in this short-term spending bill. fema announced today that it's able to basically stretch the funds that they have in this
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federal disaster relief fund which is helping recovery efforts for all the natural disasters the country has been facing. they're able to stretch the funds to make it through the end of this week, which is a different estimate, which is a better picture than they've been painting previously, that they felt the coffers were going to run dry early this week. by doing that, it's key because the end of this week is the end of the fiscal year which really essentially takes the big obstacle that was holding up agreement off of the table. it makes it a moot point. and that is because the fight was over federal disaster relief in just the end of the fiscal year '11 which, as we know, is just the next few days. democrats and republicans were fighting over whether that bit of fema funding should be paid for or should not be. republicans wanted it paid for, democrats didn't. that issue is taken off the table, as we see, the senate was able to move forward in a 79-12 vote to push through this clean short-term extension, push it through and push it through pretty quickly.
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>> what does this mean next? because the house is on vacation. they're gone. so what comes next? how does it get passed? >> as always, it's not exactly easy and clean to say, but the house does still need to vote on this. and they are not in full session this week. but essentially what we know now is that because the big obstacle that has been holding up agreement to this point, the issue of paying for this fema funding or not, since it's off the table, presumably they should be able to move forward quickly to pass this bill. but still, we can't say they will at this moment, because there was a big group, about two dozen house conservatives that were opposed to this short term spending bill. had nothing to do with fema funding, but the overall spending number. so someone could object to this. they could do it quickly with a voice vote. someone could object and hold it up. regardless, the senate passed a one-week spending extension as well in order to allow for the house to we able to come back and vote on it when they return.
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>> let's bring in james carville and dana frum, our newest political contributor. the founder of the frum forum.com and a former speech writer for george bush. is this now how decisions are going to get made, that things have to wait until the last minute and before -- basically until the last minute? >> if one is to believe that the house -- the senate republican leader senator mcconnell who said after we went through the last deal that this is what they were going to do in every instance, try to extract something before they vote on this. i don't know the details, but it looks like the republicans got -- common sense got the better of them and they decided this is the mountain they wanted to die on. but again i'm a little shaky on the details right now. >> david, it is remarkable that it seems like the only thing that saved the day was fema realizing they didn't have enough money to get through to the next funding period, the next week. it didn't seem like republicans
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or democrats were going to give in, did it? >> i really worry that the president of the democrats new strategy is to change a title of a famous old book, getting to no. that after the debt ceiling crisis, the president of the democrats seemed to have decided there's no doing business any more. what we want to do is force the republicans to say no in ways that make them look as bad as possible. that's what happened on the jobs bill. the president proposed a proposal. the proposal was acceptable but it had all the barbs and hooks in it, in the way it was paid for designed to be difficult for the republicans. a similar thing that happened here with fema. as james said a lot of the details waiting to be worked out. but again, it was to push the republicans to say no to aiding disaster relief operations. and i think the idea is that the president feels he's not got a strong re-election proposition, so he needs to make sure that the other guy is as unappealing, unattractive, unacceptable as possible. >> james, is that the democratic strategy?
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>> well, i think probably operate with a different set of facts. my understanding was, that they underappropriate fema, and the republicans said we want to take the money out of the energy program or something, the auto industry. that's where the democrats said no. what generally happens, at least according to an article by ornstein, they have to come back and get more money because they tend to underfund it at the beginning of the year and this was a particularly bad year with all the things that happened. i think it was actually cantor that started this thing in motion, but i'm not the greatest expert -- i read up on it before i came on the show. >> is there a strategy that you believe by democrats to push republicans to make them look as -- to push them to no to make them look as unattractive as possible? >> i don't know. because the republicans said they got 98% of what they wanted in the debt ceiling bill. no democrat ever claimed that. and the republicans said that their strategies worked beautifully to hold the government hostage.
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i don't think any democrat felt that. the 2% we got out of the deal. and a republican that said they'd hold up fema funding. the democrats didn't say they would hold up it. that's my understanding of it. i'm a little vexed here. >> david? >> well, eric cantor took this position on disaster relief some weeks ago, before this latest request for money arrived. and he trapped himself. i'm not saying the republicans here are purely innocent victims. i think the democratic strategy has been there are strains and tensions within the republican leadership. there's a difference between where i think a lot of the national republicans would like to be and where some of the more vocally conservative members of the house and senate are. that's the pressure point if you're the president of the democrats, to lean on, to trap the member of the republican party between normal governance, the demands of this important part of their caucus.
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and a government shutdown, if you can force them to vote for that, that would be a strong re-election message for a president who doesn't have other strong re-election messages. >> if they want to shut the government down on fema funding, i don't think that would be a wise thing to do. but if you watch the debates, a lot of their supporters get cranked up on pretty odd things. i don't know. a little strange out there to me. >> like a school yard fight where the crowd has gathered and the kid in the fighting ring has decided maybe i don't want to do this fight after all, but he's brought too many of his supporters along with him to back down. you can push him and push him, you can maybe make him throw a punch which he'll regret. >> it's interesting, david, because this showdown was over a tiny sliver of emergency disaster aid money. it certainly doesn't bode well for the upcoming round of budget negotiations, where the stakes are far higher. >> what i'm hoping for in the next round is that, as we get into 2012, there is actually going to be a republican presidential candidate.
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there's going to be a real leader of the republican party who is going to have some authority to apply some commonsense discipline to republicans and to say the party cannot be swayed by this faction within its congressional membership that seems to think that pushing the u.s. economy over the cliff is a good way to make a point. as those national nominated leaders emerge, i'm hoping we'll have a better 2012 than a 2011. >> let's hope. james carville and -- >> i agree with david. they're totally out of control. maybe they need some adult supervision or something. but what you're seeing right now is some pretty strange stuff. maybe the republicans need something to crack the whip on them, to not be as crazy. but the stuff is pretty weird right now, i have to say. >> james carville and david frum. appreciate it, guys. our coverage continues all week. we'll take a look at why things
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are so dysfunctional in washington. let us know what you think, i'm on facebook. follow me on twitter, i'll be tweeting tonight as well. up next, we bombed libya for killing libyans, sanctioned syria for killing syrians. so why is the u.s. apparently now rewarding bahrain for killing bahrainians? a proposed arms deal with the country. also opening statements in the trial of michael jackson's doctor. we'll preview that and tell you about the courtroom action today. a fight over a potentially key piece of jackson video. anderson, the world is already watching the amanda knox courtroom drama. today some of the harshest words yet for the american as she now appeals her murder conviction. the woman now being called a she-devil in court. i couldn't conceive this as a heart attack.
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keeping them honest tonight, what do you think of a repressive regime that guns down its own people deserves from the united states? condemnation, economic sanctions perhaps, even military action? how about $53 million in brand new u.s. weaponry instead? that's the answer when it comes to the gulf state of bahrain. before we tell you more, take a look at how they've been using the weapons they already have. a warning, though, this is very ugly stuff. it begins with protesters marching, chanting the words "peacefully, peacefully," then watch -- [ gunfire ] >> that was back in february. anti-government protesters being shot by american armed security forces. just part of a government crackdown that grew global condemnation that continues to this day. back in june the bahraini crown prince visited washington but his reassurances of reforms weren't enough for the white house at the time which issued this statement.
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the united states believes the stability of bahrain depends upon respect for the universal rights of the people of bahrain including the right to free speech and peaceful assembly and a process of meaningful reform that's responsive to the aspirations of all. a week later the u.n. american ambassador put bahrain on the same list of human rights violators as iran, north korea and syria, yet the protests went on through the summer and so did the harsh crackdown on the dissidents, most members of the minority shia community. the new york times citing human rights watchers, citing more than 1,400 arrests, including doctors whose crime was treating the wounded. and as many as 3600 workers, mainly shiites, fired from their jobs for not supporting the government. widespread reports of torture as well and four people reported killed in custody. in a few months after putting it on the same list as north korea, listen to the change in tone. >> in bahrain, steps have been taken towards accountability. we're pleased with that, but more is required.
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america is a close friend of bahrain, and we'll continue to call on the government and the main opposition bloc, to pursue a meaningful dialogue that brings peaceful change that is responsive to the people. >> that's president obama at the u.n. last week. tonight we're learning that the pentagon is proposing to grant the sale to bahrain of missiles, night vision gear and armored personnel vehicles. bahrain is an american ally home to the navy's fifth fleet. if you wonder about the progress being made there, take a look at this from youtube just a couple days ago. an suv driven by police. it stops in front of a home and fires something, we can't tell if it is tear gas or bullets. you can hear the people inside screaming. [ screaming ]
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>> joining us by phone is fran townsend, former security adviser to george w. bush. fran, i mean, on the face of it, it seems hypocritical for the obama administration to be selling bahrain arms just months after calling them out for its human rights offenses. or is this just the way foreign policy works? >> well, anderson, let me be clear, there's no condoning the clips you've shown here on cnn. but i will tell you there are multiple administrations, democrat, republican, over decades that have sold to places like egypt and pakistan and others, large scale military sales to countries that have been cited for human rights abuses. this is not new. this has gone on in the foreign policy community for decades. now, some of these sales do tend -- are conditioned, if you will, that congress and the administration can condition them, the sales, that they're
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not to be used against civilian populations. those condition-based sales are very difficult to police. and, of course, if they're violated, it's too late. so this is a real, you know, difficult problem for the administration because, as you've noticed, the fifth fleet is there. and as a result of that, bahrain has been treated differently by this administration and previous administrations. >> i certainly get the reality of foreign policy and this isn't my first time in the rodeo either, but it does seem what is different this time is that you now have this uprising throughout the arab world, which the u.s., arguably -- and maybe they haven't been in the forefront of it, but they have been encouraging in general of it in egypt finally after a while of not being so in libya even now in syria. i guess for some in the middle east, they will say, well what is different about bahrain? and clearly what is different about bahrain is its location, its geopolitical importance and the fact that the fleet is based
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there. >> well, that's right. you have to remember, the fifth fleet is there and in the gulf because, of course, from our perspective, it is our guardian against iranian aggression and perhaps most importantly, our saudi allies view bahraini security as their last line of defense before they have to deal with an iranian threat on their own shores. this is not just about a bilateral military sale from the united states to bahrain, you can be certain there's pressure put on the united states from others in the region, especially saudi arabia to facilitate this sort of a sale. >> it's also -- i guess the fact that it's armored personnel carriers which are things -- which i remember when saudi sent in troops, it was armored personnel carriers. i remember those videos of those vehicles coming across the bridges. clearly bahrain could use the night vision goggles, armored personnel carriers to suppress their own population.
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>> that's right. i suspect you'll see a congressional notification. the administration does not do this on its own. it needs at least acquiescence from congress if not approval. conditions can be put on the use of these materials i suspect for political reasons. i suspect for political reasons these will be conditions-based and that the bahrainis will accept those conditions. oftentimes foreign governments will not take the sale and will go to european providers or others. i suspect the bahrainis will accept these conditions. >> i appreciate you for calling, fran, thank you very much. the italian courtroom where amanda knox is hoping to win her freedom. prosecutors are pulling out all the stops to paint the former american student as a ruthless murderer. they're calling her today lucifer like, satanic. also ahead, up close dr.
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conrad murray preparing to face the jury that will hear the manslaughter case against him. opening statements beginning tomorrow. will a ruling today on a potentially key piece of evidence hurt murray's defense? answers coming up. daddy, come in the water!
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crime & punishment tonight. italian prosecutors using strong language to describe amanda knox as her appeal case nears the end. in court today lawyers said knox has two sides.
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one of which they described as diabolical, lucifer like and satanic. knox is trying to get her murder conviction and 26-year sentence overturned. she was convicted of killing meredith kercher. today the family showed graphic pictures of her dead body. i spoke about it earlier with matthew chance who's covering this story from italy. the prosecution was pretty tough on amanda knox in court today, weren't they? >> reporter: they were. they were delivering heavy lines when it comes to characterizing her personality. one of the attorneys who was presenting his side of events in the case today saying that amanda knox is a she-devil. he called her an enchanting witch. he described her personality that was split between angelic on the one side and lucifer-like and satanic and demonic on the other side. so, you know, some very tough words being told there to the court by these prosecution
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attorneys with the sole purpose, of course, of convincing that jury, which is lined up to listen to the evidence and the testimony, of upholding the conviction for murder against amanda knox and her former boyfriend rafaelle sollecito as well. so, obviously, it was a very heavy day in court. >> it sounds like the hyperbole that they're using calling her she-devil, louis lucifer, et cetera, it sounds like they're covering up for the fact that the dna evidence which was used initially to convict her has largely been ruled inadmissible or ruled out. >> reporter: that's exactly right. i spoke to some of the family members. they said these guys' insults are very hurtful, but what we're seeing are these prosecution attorneys essentially use insults in the place of evidence. one of the attorneys -- in fact, the attorney that was representing meredith kercher's parents, the murdered girl, he went to pains not just to show
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photographs of the dead body of meredith kercher again with her slit throat in what prosecutors say was a sex game gone wrong that amanda knox took part in. but he went to pains to say that he supported the original police forensic investigation and the findings that they made even though the court's own independent experts have said that those police forensics were flawed and that the dna samples they got from their methodology is not reliable at all. quite astounding stuff. >> what happens in court tomorrow? >> reporter: tomorrow will be the first of the defense case summing up. it's rafaelle sollecito's attorneys that will get a chance to put across their version of events. what we're going to see over the next few days is a distinct change in tone from the prosecution's version of events to the defense version of events. and that's going to be much more sympathetic to aa manned da knox and her former boyfriend. >> the judge still expects the trial to conclude next week? >> reporter: early monday morning is what we're expecting for the judge to basically
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direct the jury to go away and consider this, then we're expecting a decision, i suppose you'd call it, in a hearing like this. a decision as to whether amanda knox is going to be kept behind bars or set free sometime monday afternoon. >> i know her family's grown optimistic she'll be set free. matthew chance, thanks. just ahead tonight on the eve of the opening arguments in dr. conrad murray's manslaughter trial, we'll retrace the day michael jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. what happened after that. but first, isha sesay has a 360 news bulletin. isha? >> investigators are looking into whether the deadly shooting at the u.s. embassy in afghanistan was disgruntled or inspired militants. he opened fire on the ciaannex of the embassy, he killed one person before killing himself. president obama appeared via
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a live video stream on linkedin and the white house website. he talked about the american jobs act and the economy, and took questions from the audience. market news. confidence in plans to solve the debt crisis pushed stocks higher. the dow closed higher 227 points. the s&p 500 added 27 points, the nasdaq rose 33. anderson, diana nyad says she's giving up her dream to swim from cuba to florida. last time it was an asthma attack. this time jellyfish did her in. the 62-year-old swimmer was stung twice during her attempt to make the 103-mile crossing. intense pain and partial paralysis from the stings caused her to end her swim yesterday after 40 hours in the water. >> it's all worth it. there's so much boldness in living life this way. we did it all. and no one can ever take it away from us.
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so i stand here proud. i really am. >> she should be proud. >> as well she should be. incredible. >> all i did was eat burgers yesterday. >> what did you say? >> all i did was eat burgers yesterday. she swam. >> you know what? sadly, i ate burgers yesterday, too. >> yeah, that was our achievement. >> i was proud i didn't have onions on mine. that was my big -- yeah, i know. yeah. wow. >> yeah. >> puts it in perspective. i'm going to go for a run after the show tonight i think. >> maybe i'll find time, too. possibly. >> i don't believe you for a second. yeah. time now for the shot. we found this on youtube. who can resist bear cubs playing in the middle of the road? a shot in yosemite. they stopped traffic. take a look. you can see why.
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>> certainly cute. he's saying get off me. >> we didn't have to go to yosemite for an official bear cub video. this is from kate. her husband took it through their living room window in massachusetts. take a look at this. a bear right in their backyard. >> a little too close for my liking. >> i know. that's crazy. >> yeah. all righty. i'm getting ready for my run. >> right. >> i don't appreciate that. >> well, maybe we'll run together. >> it's a deal. and i hear them laughing in the studio. >> people are laughing in the studio. it's very possible. look, i've got sneakers on already. look. right there. >> i like the sneakers. >> i'm ready to run. >> all right. i'll be in town next week. all right. moving on. >> just ahead, amazing new video taken inside the washington monument. have you seen this video when an earthquake struck last month.
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up close, opening arguments begin tomorrow in the manslaughter trial of dr. conrad murray, the houston cardiologist who was in michael jackson's home when the pop singer died more than two years ago. the video was taken in march of 2009, three months before jackson's death.
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this when he announced his final concert series called, this is it. today the trial judge ruled the video will not be allowed to be shown to jurors, saying it's proof he was hungover and not healthy. randi kaye takes us back to that day more than two years ago. >> reporter: the desperate 911 call comes from inside michael jackson's rented beverly hills mansion. it is just before 12:30 p.m., june 25th, 2009 in los angeles. >> he's pumping his chest but he's not responding to anything. >> reporter: the king of pop's heart had stopped. he's unconscious. his personal physician, dr. conrad murray, who can be heard in the background on the call made by jackson's security guard is attempting cpr. >> did anybody witness what happened? >> no, just the doctor, sir. the doctor's been the only one here. >> okay. so the doctor see what happened?
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>> doctor, did you see what happened, sir? just, sir if you -- if you can please -- >> we're on our way. >> reporter: as the emergency unfolds, news spreads. >> we're getting breaking news coming into the situation room right now about michael jackson, the king of pop. >> reporter: his family is at his hospital bedside. >> my brother, the legendary king of pop, michael jackson, passed away on thursday, june 25th, 2009 at 2:26 p.m. >> reporter: sorrow, shock and so many unanswered questions. immediately the investigation begins to focus on jackson's physician dr. conrad murray, a cardiologist hired to care for the pop star as he prepared for the upcoming concert tour. june 26th, the day after jackson died, police announce they impounded dr. murray's car from the singer's mansion in search of prescription medications that could be, quote, pertinent to the investigation.
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days later, on june 30th, a registered nurse tells cnn jackson had insomnia and had asked her for diprivan, a very powerful sedative also known as proep poe propofol. >> i said, michael, if you take that medicine, you might not wake up. >> reporter: it is administered through an iv drip, and produces such a comatose state, it should not be used outside a hospital setting. >> propofol is a medication he uses all the time. is this it right over here? >> yes. it looks like -- >> milk of amnesia, they call it. >> milk of amnesia. >> reporter: by july 1st, jackson's death is a full blown drug investigation. >> here in los angeles, the investigation into michael jackson's death has taken a dramatic turn. there are reports that police found diprivan, a powerful anesthetic in michael jackson's house. >> reporter: weeks later, july 22nd in a surprise raid, federal agents searched dr. murray's
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houston clinic. investigators are authorized to seize evidence related to the offense of manslaughter. they take a computer hard drive, documents and roll o dex cards. five days later, july 27th, a major bombshell. a source tells cnn that dr. murray gave michael jackson propofol. also called diprovan. within 24 hours of his death. >> for a patient to be administered diprovan in their home or the outside world to me is outrageous. >> reporter: on july 30th, search warrants for murray's home were made public. the search warrant says they were looking for evidence, quote, demonstrating crimes of excessive prescribing or prescribing to an addict. on august 18th, dr. murray makes his first public comments. he releases this video online. >> i have done all i could do. i told the truth. and i have faith that truth will prevail. >> reporter: august 24th. the l.a. county coroner concludes that jackson died of
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an overdose of propofol. the key thing, we have learned tonight is that lethal levels of propofol killed michael jackson. the coroner's preliminary report is telling us so. dr. murray felt that jackson was addicted to the drug. he was trying to wean him off it. dr. murray told detectives he'd been treating jackson for insomnia for weeks. murray said he tried other drugs but the pop star demanded propofol to help him sleep. at 10:40 a.m., the day he died, he gave him 25 milligrams of it. 911 was called almost two hours later. >> what about murray's actions the day jackson collapsed? did you learn anything about where he was when the singer stopped breathing. >> he finally went to sleep. he watched him for ten minutes, then left the room to use the bathroom. he said he was gone for two minutes maximum, according to the documents. and when he came back, michael jackson wasn't breathing.
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on february 8th, 2010, dr. conrad murray is officially charged with involuntary manslaughter. he surrenders to authorities, pleads not guilty and is released on $75,000 bail. >> dr. murray did not cause the death of michael jackson. there's no way that dr. murray would pump michael jackson full of propofol sufficient for major surgery and walk out of that room. >> reporter: dr. murray could get up to four years in prison for the death of the king of pop. randi kaye, cnn. >> memories of those terrible times. tom mesereau joins me. he represented michael jackson in his child molestation trial. you believe that dr. murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter. but it's difficult to convict doctors in criminal cases. how hard a case do you think this will be for the prosecution? >> here's what i think the prosecution has to do.
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the prosecution has to effectively and powerfully educate this jury that this particular drug is not like a prescription medication. it's not like a pill to help you go to sleep, not like an anti-depressant pill. this is so radically different from prescribed medications and this is something that's powerful, dangerous and should never be in a home. every doctor i talk to was shocked it was in a home, not to mention you didn't have trained personnel and you didn't have the proper equipment. the prosecution must explain how outrageous it was to have this powerful drug in the home. >> do you think the defense is going to try to basically attack michael jackson's character, kind of bring him down? >> i think they're going to try to devalue him in subtle ways. they have to be very careful if they go too far, they'll really turn off the jury because michael jackson was a very loved and very wonderful person, all around the world people revered him. nevertheless, i think they're going to try to say he was a drug addict, and this doctor was treating him as a drug addict and trying to help him.
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the prosecution has to show that having diprivan in the home was not a typical medication and not a pill you can take excessively. >> it sounds like they'll argue that dr. murray was trying to wean him off it. michael jackson was already adirected. do you think his actions that day or his actions previous to that day bolster that defense, though? >> no, i don't. and i think the biggest problem he has, aside from the fact that this drug doesn't belong in the home and he didn't know what to do with it, the biggest problem he has is that apparently he didn't tell paramedics at the scene about propofol. he didn't tell police at the scene about propofol. and he went to the hospital and didn't tell the hospital personnel he gave him propofol. this shows consciousness of guilt. he asked people to help him clean up and sanitize the crime scene. >> there were other doctors in the past that had given michael jackson propofol. we talked to one doctor who had actually gone on tour with michael jackson. that would argue in the defense's favor of this was an ongoing problem that dr. murray was just kind of coming in and trying to wean him off of. >> i think the question is what did those doctors do when they administered it? did they have a trained anesthesiologist, did they have a trained nurse anesthetist, did they have heart monitoring
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equipment, did they have breathing equipment. murray had none of this stuff. murray just ordered the gallons of propofol, had them delivered to his girlfriend's house and delivered them without trained personnel. it's an outrage. >> thanks for being on. >> thank you for having me. let's take a look -- coming up, piers morgan is coming up. we'll check in with him. and inside the washington monument when the earthquake hit last month. and david gergen, the gergenater, our senior political analyst gets drunk with george clooney. and if that weren't enough, he lands on our ridiculist. back with a 360 news bulletin. dominique strauss-kahn has asked the judge to dismiss the civil accused oallt >> i think the question is what did those doctors do when they administered it? did they have a trained anesthesiologist, did they have a trained nurse anesthetist, did they have heart monitoring equipment, did they have breathing equipment. murray had none of this stuff. murray just ordered the gallons of propofol, had them delivered to his girlfriend's house and delivered them without trained personnel. it's an outrage. >> thanks for being on. >> thank you for having me. let's take a look -- coming up, piers morgan is coming up. we'll check in with him. and inside the washington monument when the earthquake hit last month. and david gergen, the gergenater, our senior political
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credibility, the charges were dropped. the tragic stage collapse at the indiana state fair last month. you'll recall seven people died when scaffolding gave way during a thunderstorm. dozens more were injured. including alicia brennan who lost a partner in the wreckage. she's joining a federal lawsuit trying to force indiana to raise its cap on damages and recognize same sex couples who may not be entitled to payment otherwise. the audience was told conditions were safe, and quickly discovered they were not. >> and not five minutes later i was knocked unconscious with her right in front of me on the ground ground. i never saw her again.
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>> a tribute over the weekend to a boy who took part in the "it gets better campaign." he then later took his own life. he made a big impression on lady gaga who remembered him at the keyboard. >> tonight, jamey, i know you're out there. you're another victim, you're a lesson to all of us. tonight, i know it's a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing's more important than the music, isn't it? [ cheers and applause ] >> let's do this one for jamey. >> jamey was just 14. other news, extraordinary new video from inside the washington monument at the very moment a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the nation's capital last month. the national parks service says engineers have determined the monument is structurally sound despite four cracks discovered after the quake.
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chris christie is no fan of the jersey shore reality tv show. he's vetoed a $420,000 tax credit dubbed the snooki subsidy that films episodes of the show. the program hurts the state's image and tax credits should go to projects that actually benefit the state. anderson? >> very exciting news tonight. the program and our staff won two emmy awards for our coverage of the crisis in haiti following the earthquake in 2010. we spent almost a month in haiti covering the disaster, telling stories about the survivors and victims. one emmy was for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story. the other for outstanding live coverage of a breaking news coverage. coming up, david gergen, his new drinking buddy is george clooney.
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time now for the ridiculist. we've always known david is a brilliant political mind. what we did not know until today, is that he's an unapologetic party monster. i'm talking the staying up all night, skinny dipping, almost missing your flight party monster. if you follow him on twitter, he tweets things like this, with differences deeper than ever before, a hard to see deficit supercommittee succeeding this fall. jobs bill may be harder, too. okay. then out of nowhere this morning there was this tweet. ten hours sleep, 20 hours talk, one nasty hangover, nonstop fun, reflections on my stay with clooney at his lake como villa. that's right. david gergen partying with george clooney? it turns out gergen interviewed
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clooney for "parade" magazine and stayed at his italian villa for a few days, along with some of clooney's friends. in the article the gergenater talks about clooney in vivid detail. i lost track of time but by 2:00 a.m. or so when i was hammered and reasonably certain that others were, too, we had become raucous. david gergen hammered? at this point clooney climbed a fence and jumped in a lake fully clothed and challenged his guests to do the same. but the gergmeister didn't want to get his clothes wet. oh, no, i quote. so what choice did i have? i stripped down to my skivvies, climbed that darn fence and, whoa, it seemed like i was 30 feet above the water. one, two, i was in the water by three. it was very dark. a little cold, but terrific. so we kept jumping. you know, i've always thought of paul begala as the snooki on the cnn political team. but i think i'm going to have to re-evaluate.
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also he used the word skivvies. the night didn't end there. it was only 2:00 a.m. the gerg train had barely left the station. quote eventually we repaired to his kitchen in bathrobes trying to warmup. out came a bottle of limoncello. and i climbed up to bed at 4:30. with a nasty hangover g-diddy headed for the airport. this is a side of david gergen we haven't seen before. it isn't first time he's hinted at other aspects of his gergenality. >> i think that timing is everything in politics as it is in love. >> did you say timing is everything in politics as it is in love. >> i said that. yes, i did, indeed. >> david gergen, this is a whole new side of you. david gergen one part poet, one part philosopher and as it turns out one part bluto from "animal house." didn't know, cyrano degergerac has groupies. example a, kelly ripa. i love david gergen, he
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fascinates me, he reassures me like no other man can. she's not the only one. a few years ago comedian jesse kline wrote an article for "the daily beast." it was basically a confession of love for you. i know frankly a lot of people around the world agree with this. we invited jesse klein to tape a message for you. watch and enjoy. >> thank you for being the most intelligent, truthful analyst on television. and for always being super hot d dreamy while you're doing it. anderson, i love you, too but my heart belongs to gergen. >> but seriously, david gergen, you really have inspired us with your lost italian weekend story. we expect a dramatic re-enactment maybe at the fountain in columbus circle after the 360 party. we'll bring the limoncello. that's it for 360. thanks for watching.

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